City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Aug 30

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:28 PM by Crystal Babcock

City offices will be closed on Labor Day. Community Waste Disposal will run yard waste collection as normal.
Business Updates
Certificates of Occupancy Under Review
  • Popdod, located at 2200 Justin Road (the former Jack in the Box building), has applied for their Certificate of Occupancy. Popdod specializes in custom drinks that the customer creates (you can pick your soda base, cream, or puree mix in). They will also offer cold-brewed coffee, Italian sodas, and small desserts. The Highland Village location will be the second one in Texas when it opens. 
  • Ocean Garden Products, Inc. has applied for a Certificate of Occupancy to open a sales office at 2012 Justin Road, Suite G. Ocean Garden Products, Inc. is a seafood importer company based in California with regional offices throughout the United States. 

Under Construction 
Planet Fitness was issued their finish-out permit. Construction is ongoing in, what will be, their new location at 2240 Justin Road, Suite 1B next to The Painted Tree Marketplace.
Marketing & Communications
The Fiscal Year 2019 - 2020 Budget was presented to Council and shared with the community this week. The presentation was done as a video featuring the top 15 ways city staff will serve our residents this next fiscal year. Thanks to Chief Thomson, Glenn Hollowell, Lt. Bobby Doyle, Karen Bradley, and Bree Shamsy for their part and especially Andrew Boyd for putting this together to tell the budget story.
8.30.2019 MC - 15 Ways
In an effort to raise awareness of the services offered by Community Waste Disposal, we posted a “Wednesday’s Solid Waste Tip” article to Nextdoor and the City Facebook page. This message focused on bulk item pickup and alternatives to using the dump for bulky item disposal. 

The Summer Fun in HV Photo Contest concludes on Labor Day. If you have photos you’d like to share, please visit SpeakUpHV to add them. Even if you don’t have photos to share, visit the site and comment or “like” the photos that have been submitted. We’ve had quite a few submissions! After Labor Day staff will vote on a winner who will receive a $100 Snuffer’s gift card. 
8.30.2019 MC - Infinite Journey
Fire Department
On August 23, the Fire Department officially commissioned its new apparatus with a Push-In Ceremony. The apparatus were wet down before local Pastor, Jason Hillier, gave a prayer of blessing over the apparatus and first responders. Residents, staff, and members of council then helped dry the new apparatus off and push them into the station bays before their first tone-out was given by Dispatch.
8.30.2019 FD - PI1
8.30.2019 FD - PI2
Administrative Assistant Charlene Seidel attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday where Jason Wheeler presented “How to Best Reach Your Community Using Social Media.” 

Joshua Mabry’s family was in attendance at the Council meeting as Mayor Wilcox administered his Oath. Josh has previous experience with the Aubrey Fire Department, and began his rookie year with Highland Village earlier this month. 
8.30.2019 FD - Oath
Mayor Wilcox presented the Fire Department with a proclamation recognizing September as National Preparedness month. Throughout the month of September, the Fire Department will be posting information on the Fire Department’s Facebook account outlining important steps you can take to keep your family and community safe in the event of a natural disaster.
8.30.2019 FD - Proclamation
Both the Fire and Police Departments attended a community outreach presentation Wednesday afternoon. Members of the Hindu community tied symbolic red thread around the wrists of first responders and Highland Village leaders. This thread represents a bond of protection and originates from the ritual of brothers in the Hindu culture presenting their sisters with the red thread, or bracelet, as a promise of protection. 

All three shifts worked with their trainer, Joseph Paramore, as part of the department’s wellness initiative to guide and motivate the crews to ramp up their exercise regimen. 

Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Vince Jones completed 14 inspections. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
8.30.2019 FD - Calls
Public Works
Public Works staff met with residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, and street issues.

Staff met with representatives from BW2 Engineering, Inc. to discuss Public Works projects.

The management staff continued one-on-one meetings with employees to set up Lattice.

The City’s paving contractor, Pavecon, continued paving and reconstruction on Rosedale Street, Snowdon Court, Sheldon Court, and Ranier Court.
8.30.2019 PW - Sheldon1
8.30.2019 PW - Sheldon2
Reynolds Asphalt is working on the 2019 Overlay Project which includes Longfellow Drive, Whittier Street, Whittier Court, Lanier Way, Sandberg Place, and North Oak Forest Drive.
8.30.2019 PW - Longfellow
Streets Division
  • Began concrete curb repairs on Village Tree Drive. 
8.30.2019 Streets - Village Tree
  • Continued concrete sidewalk repairs on Briarhill Boulevard and Copperas Branch Court.
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Hauled spoiled materials from the storage lot to the dump. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Moved tools to the new crew truck that was recently acquired.
8.30.2019 Streets - Truck
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a saw cut on Post Oak Drive. 
8.30.2019 Streets - Post Oak
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing. 
  • Cleaned creek crossing after the recent rain.
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Finished drainage improvements in the 900 block of Highland Village Road. 
  • Cleaned the grate inlet at the corner of Rosedale Street and Ranier Court in an effort to eliminate standing water. 
8.30.2019 Drainage - Rosedale
  • Continued the erosion control project at the end of Highland Lake Drive. 
8.30.2019 Drainage - Highland Lake
  • Met with residents in the 300 block of Mockingbird Drive regarding lot-to-lot drainage.
  • Met with the residents in the 400 block of Post Oak Drive to discuss the drainage improvement installation.

Utilities Division
  • Richard Melia and Nathan Hall attended a 20 hour Utility Safety class in Richardson.
  • Performed smoke testing on sanitary sewer mains to reveal issues on mains and lateral lines in Lift Station Basin 10. 
  • Repaired eight property line clean outs which were found during smoke testing.
8.30.2019 Utilities - PLCO
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 2700 block of Green Oak Court and TV inspected the lateral to find the issue.
  • Dressed four areas of previous water and sanitary sewer repairs and laid new sod. 
8.30.2019 Utilities - Grass
  • Replaced several dilapidated water meter boxes and set to grade.
  • Mowed four well lots and elevated storage tank lots.
  • Performed customer service inspections on several commercial businesses
  • Performed meter rereads, water turn on/turn offs, and leak checks.
  • Performed maintenance on well lots, lift stations, fire hydrants, and the water distribution and wastewater collection system.

Maintenance Division
  • Performed 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
  • Repaired three tires.
  • Replaced one head light and one tail light.
  • Replaced a door panel on a police unit.
  • Replaced the intercooler hose on Medic 481.
8.30.2019 Maint - Cooler
Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Lance Beasley passed the State Exam to become a licensed Code Enforcement Officer. He also passed his Certified Storm Water exam! 
  • Opened 17 new cases and closed 16.
8.30.2019 Code - Cases
8.30.2019 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 9
Permits Issued - 28
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 29
Parks & Recreation
All Parks
All field personnel continue to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system as well as prepare the athletic fields for upcoming games. 
8.30.2019 Parks - DRP SaniMaint
8.30.2019 Parks - Unity Field Maint
Joey Hardin performed maintenance at facilities throughout the park system. He also removed graffiti from the Copperas Branch Park pay station.
8.30.2019 Parks - Facility Maint
8.30.2019 Parks - Graffiti
Staff is coordinating repairs to the security lights on the boat ramp at Pilot Knoll Park. All of the ramp and parking lot lights are operational. 
8.30.2019 Parks - PK Lights
Parks staff installed an "Adopt a Spot" sign at the Lions Club Park to recognize that the circular flowerbed has been adopted by the Highland Village Lions Club. 
8.30.2019 Parks - AdoptASpot
Parks and Recreation staff attended their first Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) course on Friday to prepare for the process of becoming CAPRA accredited. CAPRA provides quality assurance and quality improvement of accredited park and recreation agencies throughout the United States by providing agencies with a management system of best practices. They are the only national accreditation of park and recreation agencies. Being CAPRA certified is a valuable measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. Achieving CAPRA accreditation is the best way to demonstrate that the agency and staff provide the community with the highest level of service. 

Park Capital Improvement Projects
Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the project. 

Highland Village Road Sidewalk
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the sidewalk. Staff is reviewing the necessary easement documents.

Unity Park
All bids for the Kids Kastle Plaza Project were rejected. Staff is reviewing the re-bid paperwork and the project will go out for re-bid later this month. 

North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field with the installation of the irrigation system.

Kids Kastle Replacement Project
Park staff is coordinating with the contractor to create a demolition and construction timeline. We are excited for Design Day on September 7 at Briarhill Middle School, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m! Don’t forget to come back that evening at 6:30 p.m. for the Design Reveal. Find out more information at SpeakUpHV.
8.30.2019 Parks - KKMtg1
8.30.2019 Parks - KKMtg2
Parks Roof Replacement Project
Replacement of the standing seam metal roofs at Unity Park continued this week. They will begin work on the Kids Kastle pavilion next week, weather permitting.

Chapel Hill Estates Trail Connection 
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of this project which will connect Castlewood Trail (on the west side of FM 2499 pedestrian tunnel) to Chapel Hill Estates along the southbound side of FM 2499.

Doubletree Ranch Park
The contractor has completed the installation of the young adult/teen swings in the oak grove. 

Adam Richter and Andra Foreman attend the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) region meeting on Wednesday. TAAF is a nonprofit organization established in 1925 to promote, organize, and conduct amateur athletics in the State of Texas.

Senior All-Stars
Monday: Assorted Card Games - Dealer’s Choice, Spades in the Library
Tuesday: Assorted Card Games - Dealer’s Choice, Dominoes, 42 
Thursday: Assorted Card Games - Dealer’s Choice, Bridge, Rummikub

The Senior All-Stars helped Bobbie Jo celebrate her 98th birthday on Thursday!
8.30.2019 Parks - 98 Bday
On Thursday, 20 Senior All-Stars attended a Lunch and Learn put on by Trinity Wellness Center. The All-Stars enjoyed chicken salad sandwiches, vegetables, fruit, and brownies while Dr. Martz spoke about ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle as we age.
8.30.2019 Parks - LunchLearn
Special Events
Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Park kicked off Saturday, August 24 at Doubletree Ranch Park with Infinite Journey, a Journey tribute band. We had approximately 1,200 people in attendance from all over DFW. Camp Gladiator was on hand celebrating their 11th anniversary and promoting their current specials. Kona Ice, Pokey O’s Cookies & Ice Cream, and Munchies Food Truck were all there to serve up delicious food and desserts! 
8.30.2019 Parks - CIP1
8.30.2019 Parks - CIP2
There are two more opportunities this season to catch one of our Concerts in the Park. The next concert will take place on September 21 with Blaze of Glory (the Bon Jovi Experience), and the final concert will take place on October 5 with King George (a George Strait tribute). 

Community Education Classes
Private Yoga Classes are offered by certified Yoga Instructor, Rachel Swan, at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. To schedule your private class, please contact Rachel Swan at (214) 641-4236 or

Fit4Mom is held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Unity Park and on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park.

Camp Gladiator is held at Unity Park on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 8:30 a.m.; at Doubletree Ranch Park on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:45 a.m.; as well as on Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park.
8.30.2019 Parks - CG1
8.30.2019 Parks - CG2
Tai Chi Gung is held Mondays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center free of charge.

Outdoor Recreational Pickleball open court is available at Unity Park. Pickleball nets and balls are located on-site for set up. All ages are welcome to play free of charge and residency is not required. Don’t forget to bring your paddle!

Indoor Recreational Pickleball open court is available weekly on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. All ages are welcome to play free of charge and residency is not required.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is located at Pilot Knoll Park. You can rent paddle boards, do SUP Yoga, Full Moon Paddles, and much more! Follow Bluet SUP on social media for the most up-to-date information or contact
8.30.2019 Parks - SUP1
8.30.2019 Parks - SUP2

Human Resources
A quarterly employee meeting was held on Wednesday to share information and updates on the projects each department has been working on. 

Kimberly Lopez met with WellRight on Thursday to discuss the 2019 - 2020 wellness program.